2013 >> a year of firsts and lasts, independence and togetherness, smiles and tears. Looking back, I think 2013 marks the year as my entrance into adulthood.
Okay, well technically I have been an “adult” for 6 years, but it wasn’t until this last year that I felt like an adult. I owned my independence and took the reins into my hands to: write rent checks, physical therapy and car insurance bills; to pursue a long distance relationship; to hold a full-time job and make the decision to go back to school; to travel across the country; to let my guard down; to rent a carpet cleaner, to be proactive about the maintenance of my vehicle; to allow injuries to heal; to navigate the NYC subways; to let go of childhood traditions, and the list goes on…
At the beginning of the year, I made six aspirations for 2013. In early August, I checked in with those six intentions for a “mid-year” assessment. And now it’s time for the final evaluation of said list I made twelve months ago.
2013 Aspirations | Final Review
Completed. It was satisfying to have accomplished this well before the year ended, but if I were to set goals for 2014, I’m certain that saving “x” amount of money would not be one of the them. It’s not that I have changed my perspective on saving money, but I’ve learned a thing or two since January. While having money in your bank account might make you feel secure, it’s the insecurities in your thriving twenties that you should take advantage of. Take leaps of faith, go and do.
Completed. No doubt about it. It was natural in existence.
Go somewhere new.
Completed. The travel highlight of the year was, without a doubt, my trip to New York City with a day excursion to Yosemite National Park as a very close second. Starting a long distance relationship in June fostered many new adventures that I probably would not have experienced otherwise — from new hiking trails to new restaurants, this aspiration was accomplished with ease. And I’m very excited to extend this into 2014 with a trip to Kauai in March!
4. Run a race.
Incomplete. One year has passed since my first sports injury, and I am still tenaciously trying to find solutions to heal my knee completely (I purchased brace #3 yesterday). I have gained an immense amount of patience with my body this year; I’ve done my best to exercise intuitively while taking more rest days than I’d prefer. Racing wasn’t in the cards this year, but after 12+ months of active recovery, I am hoping 2014 will bring me back to a starting line…
5. Be grateful, daily.
Incomplete? This aspiration was difficult to measure quantitatively as I did not do as I had intended: write at least three things that I am thankful for every day in a designated gratitude journal. I do think this year has increased my gratitude – for what I have (or have had), and to not focus on what may be different, distant, or lost. Focusing on the positives rather than the negatives can take a great deal of effort in hard times, but I believe it’s an important skill to master.
6. Ditch the scale.
Incomplete. I am the most disappointed about this aspiration — no progress was made… zero… still “addicted.” I don’t practice what I preach in terms of how and why one should utilize this piece of equipment. I am always open to any advice on how to break up with the no good, rotten bathroom scale.
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How did you do with your 2013 goals/resolutions?
What did you accomplish that you’re proud of most?
Are you planning to make goals for the New Year?